Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle Movie Review

Dec 29, 2017, 13:40 IST | Johnson Thomas

It's not very clear whether Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a sequel, reboot or a remake- but it continues to be about the game that gets it's players transported into it's jungle setting and forced to play the different levels in order to save t

Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle
U/A; Action, Adventure, Comedy

Director: Jonathan Liebesman, Jake Kasdan
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale, Ser'Darius Blain, Rhys Darby, Madison Iseman, Alex Wolff, Missi Pyle, Tim Matheson, Marc Jackson, Morgan Turner
Rating: 2 and half stars

Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle
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It's not very clear whether 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' is a sequel, reboot or a remake- but it continues to be about the game that gets it's players transported into it's jungle setting and forced to play the different levels in order to save their own lives. Four high school kids, nerdy Spencer (Alex Wolff), Athletic Fridge (Ser'Darius Blain), airy princess type Bethany (Madison Iseman), and socially anxious Martha (Morgan Turner) who have the typical insecurities and issues. end up inside the Jumanji videogame, transformed to Dwayne Johnson (Spencer the nerd); Kevin Hart (as Fridge the jock); Karen Gillan (as the super-fit avatar of Martha), and Jack Black, of all people, (as Bethany). To beat the game and return to the real world, they along with 20 year old captive Alex Vreeke (Nick Jonas), have to discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and in the process change the way they think about themselves.

It posits to a past when American kids grew tired of board games and graduated to video game systems a few years after the original 1995 'Jumanji' film existed. So it's supposed to bring back the quaintness of the era while recreating the original game that magically disgorged a bunch of jungle animals into a suburban home. Not a bad ambition for a game based film, a harmless though unfulfilling modernization of Chris Van Allsburg's storybook source material. Writer-director Jake Kasdan's story (co-written with four people) doesn't go beyond the typical game level incrementing where the captive players use their wits to escape through different degrees of difficulty from within their dimensional prison. And it all happens a little too fast for any development to take place. The action here is clean though the comedic elements rarely rise to the occasion. The 3D wasn't much of an addition as the effects just did not make for any 'jump out at you' experiences. In fact, the entire experience was a little flat and flavourless. Frankly, this one is as bad or good(whichever way you look at it) as playing a video game system at a time when they are already extinct.

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